Dr. Natthapoj Vincent Trakulphadetkrai is Associate Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of Reading (UK). His research interests are centred around the use of storytelling (particularly in the story picture book format) to help enrich mathematics teaching and learning experiences.
He founded the MathsThroughStories.org initiative back in 2015, and officially launched its website in March 2017. The website also offers valuable and free resources for parents and teachers. Since its launch in March 2017, the website has now been viewed over 1,500,000 times by more than 420,000 teachers and parents from 220 countries around the world.
In addition to his Associate Professorship, Dr. Trakulphadetkrai also currently serves as the Director of Research Communications and the Deputy Director of Postgraduate Research Studies (PhD) at the University's Institute of Education. He also serves as the Co-Convenor of the British Educational Research Association’s (BERA) Mathematics Education Special Interest Group (SIG). Previously, he served as an executive committee member of the British Society for Research into Learning Mathematics (BSRLM) and the UK Association of Teachers of Mathematics (ATM) and as Chair of the British Congress of Mathematics Education’s (BCME) Communications Committee as well as Co-Editor of the Mathematical Association’s (MA) Primary Mathematics Journal.
Prior to joining the University of Reading, Dr. Trakulphadetkrai was part of a research team at the UCL Institute of Education (University of London), contributing to a €2 million European Union-funded research project, called ‘Creative Little Scientists (CLS): Enabling Creativity through Science and Mathematics in Preschool and First Years of Primary Education’, which spanned across nine European countries.
Dr. Trakulphadetkrai completed his PhD on primary teachers' beliefs about mathematics, its teaching and learning at the University of Cambridge under the supervision of Professor Paul Andrews, and was examined by Dr. Tim Rowland and Professor Stephen Lerman. His first Master's degree in International and Comparative Education was completed at the University of Oxford; and his second Master's degree in International Public Policy at the University of London's University College London (UCL). He completed his undergraduate primary teacher training degree with Mathematics specialism and with the Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) at Brunel University London.
The photos in this gallery are part of Dr. Trakulphadetkrai's initiative, called the Global Student Education Forum (GSEF), based at the University of Cambridge. While the Forum now ceases to operate, you can learn more about GSEF here.